XM Canada to host first-ever Verge Music Awards to celebrate Canadian music talent



    The Verge Music Awards will give $50,000 to winners of Album of the Year
    and Artist of the Year

    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ - Continuing its commitment to advancing Canadian
music talent, XM Canada (TSX:XSR) today announced it will host the Inaugural
Verge Music Awards on September 24, 2008. An industry first, the Awards show
will present $50,000 in prizing to talented Canadian artists for Album of the
Year and Artist of the Year.
    "This is an exceptional way to honour and promote Canada's bands and
artists," said Stewart Lyons, executive vice president of XM Canada. "XM
Canada is committed to developing emerging Canadian talent and acknowledging
those that make significant contributions to the Canadian music scene, at home
and abroad. We believe that awarding the musicians with $50,000 will go a long
way to help our home-grown talent reach the forefront of the international
music scene."
    To determine the award winners, XM Canada launched an online voting
system at www.xmradio.ca to enable listeners to vote for their favourite
artists. An advisory panel, comprised of members of the XM Satellite Radio
music programming department, will review the top nominations and select the
winner based on artist integrity.
    The Inaugural Verge Music Awards will take place September 24, 2008 at
Tattoo Rock Parlour in downtown Toronto at 9 p.m. In addition to the awards
presentation, three Canadian artists will perform live onstage and the show
will be broadcast live to music fans across North America on The Verge (XM
channel 52).
    The Verge, which primarily broadcasts Canadian independent talent, 85 per
cent of whom are new and emerging artists, is a mainstay of Canada's "indie"
music scene and is dedicated to providing Canadian musicians with a platform
to expose their music to a wider, international audience.
    XM Canada will provide further information on the live band performances
as details become available.

    About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.

    Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR) operates as XM
Canada(TM) and is Canada's premium digital audio entertainment and information
company with the best signal coverage across the country.
    With 130 channels, XM Canada offers listeners the most unique Canadian
and international programming including exclusive satellite radio coverage of
EVERY NHL(TM) GAME, as well as PGA TOUR(TM) and Major League Baseball(TM), the
deepest playlist, plus news, talk, sports, entertainment and children's
content. Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Harley Davidson, Honda,
Hummer, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan, Pontiac, Toyota, Saab, Saturn,
Suzuki and Subaru offer XM radios in more than 150 different vehicles for
model year 2008.
    XM Satellite Radio Inc. is the number one satellite radio company in
North America with more than 9 million subscribers. In Canada, XM is offered
on TELUS Mobile Radio(TM) and Rogers(TM) Communications wireless and is also
the exclusive music channel provider on Air Canada's flights and is available
in select Avis Budget Group rental vehicles.
    A free three-day trial of XM Radio Online is available at
http://listen.xmradio.ca. Visit www.xmradio.ca for programming and
subscription information.
    To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (TSX: XSR),
visit our website at www.cdnsatrad.com.





For further information:

For further information: Wilcox Group, (416) 203-6666,
xmradio@wilcoxgroup.com; Todd Arkell, Two Degrees Public Relations, a division
of Cool Planet Entertainment Inc., (416) 888-1515, todd@coolplanet.ca


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